GC favors gradual release of election results: Spokesman
Spokesman for Iran’s Guardian Council said the influential body, which is in charge of supervising elections, is not of the same mind with the Interior Ministry about its decision not to publicize the ballot counts gradually after conclusion of Friday’s presidential election.

According to Tasnim news agency the Guardian Council recommends that the reports and results of the vote counts be made public in a gradual process after the voting is over, Abbasali Kadkhodaei told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday.

Although announcement of the election results comes within the purview of the interior minister, the Guardian Council is going to hold consultations with the Interior Ministry to persuade it to release the results gradually, he added.

The comments came after Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said he would declare the results of Friday’s presidential election only once they are finalized, citing a rule that forbids piecemeal release of the vote counts.

During the previous elections, when the results of vote counts in different provinces were released intermittently, the number of votes of candidates swung remarkably, the minister explained, arguing that such swinging numbers led to wild speculations.

Reporter’s code: 50101

News Code: 15952  |  Date: 2017/05/17  |  Time: 14 : 39

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